Honored by the U.S. Commerce Association with 2011’s Best of Friday Harbor Award, the Blue Dolphin Cafe boasts Culinary Institute alumni who concoct fresh breakfasts and lunches throughout the day. The eatery obtains provisions from Sarasota’s Sutter Egg Farm to craft three-egg omelets and eggs benedict, and fruit-sprinkled pancakes are topped with Vermont maple syrup or folded neatly into the lab-coat pockets of on-the-go surgeons. Patrons can top salads with their choice of chicken, shrimp, or tilapia, pairing them with burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and fried eats prepared in trans-fat-free oil. A kids’ menu accommodates youthful palates, and Friday-night dinners served November–April brighten the colder months.
La Malinche Mexican Restaurant's menu celebrates the cuisine born in Mexico's many regions. The chefs whip up everything from scratch, wrapping enchiladas in homemade tortillas and glaring at avocados until they melt into guacamole. Faux-textured, earth-toned walls enclose the dimly lit dining room, where fajitas sizzle on platters, and molcajetes—filled with steak or seafood—arrive at tables. Outside, the aromas of traditional mole dishes waft across the patio, where diners sip margaritas between bites.
Packaged by the ounce, The Spice & Tea Exchange hand-mixes spices from around the world to create their unique blends and rubs. Banish blandness from any meal with a wide variety of spices (starting at $0.99 per ounce), more than 60 custom blends and rubs (starting at $4.89 per ounce), and a ton of salts, peppers, and chili powders (starting at $0.49 per ounce). Office workers can wean themselves off the teats of the break room's coffee-cow with dozens of loose-leaf teas ($4.89 per ounce) sweetened with more than 12 flavor-infused sugars ($4.89 per ounce), including blueberry sugar, spicy habanero sugar, and espresso sugar. The Spice & Tea Exchange's huge variety of flavors make it easy to fulfill long-held cooking fantasies, be it a robust hickory-flavored manticore or topping a freshly grilled cheeseburger with unicorn-radish.
At Tango Bar and Grill, you can choose from a primo steak selection or fresh seafood. The latter includes lobster-filled ravioli, a soft-shell crab sandwich, and frutto di mare, a marinara-topped pasta dish tossed with shrimp, calamari, mussels, and clams. Filet mignon, ribeye steaks, and double-cut pork chops are cooked to suit customers' specifications and astrological signs. The restaurant hosts weekly live music events, such as acoustic sets by local musicians on Thursday and Friday nights and a reggae DJ set on Friday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The sharp angles that define the modern architecture of Tokyo Japanese SteakHouse, Sushi, and Lounge reflect the eatery's clean, aesthetically pleasing offerings of authentic Japanese sushi and hot dishes. Chefs cook up some of the menu’s teriyaki steak and seafood entrees the traditional way, behind closed doors, where their knife skills go to work as they prepare fresh meals to send out to the dining room. Hibachi tables, on the other hand, set the stage for a gastronomic performance, during which chefs sear chicken, filet mignon, and sea bass before diners' eyes. To top off the show, there’s a diverse sushi menu that includes creative options such as the Snow White roll, filled with tempura shrimp and a naiveté that’s both irritating and charming.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant not only imports ingredients and products, but also recipes. With roots in northern Spain and Catalonia, these dishes come together on a menu of more than 100 hot and cold tapas selections, along with paella and cazuela. Paella, a widely varied rice dish cooked at length in a wide pot over open flame, can contain Serrano ham, scallops, pork, chorizo, and saffron rice the stunning golden hue of an alchemist's magazine advertisements. Though the restaurant spans multiple locations, each one presents guests with some charming element: a poolside patio at the Tampa location, a central tapas bar in Orlando, and a flamenco room in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, no matter the location, events bring about live music and joviality, all supported by an ample list of Spanish and Portuguese wines.